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Job Title:International Project Specialist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Job Announcement Number:PH-13-JM-815507

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Thursday, January 24, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Belvoir, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Department of Defense (DoD)

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) makes the world safer by reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. In the 21st century few tasks are as challenging or demanding. Join this professional team and make a difference. 

This International Project Specialist GS-0301-07 position is located in the DTRA Building Partner Capacity Department (J3BP), Proliferation Prevention Branch (J3BPPN).


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Relevant experience and/ or education (See Qualifications and Evaluation)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
  • Drug testing designated position.
  • Permanent Change in Duty Station (PCS) (moving) costs are not authorized.
  • Domestic and international TDY assignments up to 25% of time.


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As a GS-7 International Project Specialist with the DTRA you will:

  • Perform developmental assignments which become progressively more responsible and complex;
  • Support a project manager for assigned Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) projects under the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Proliferation Program (WMD-PPP) in cooperation with the governments of countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) or other non-FSU countries;
  • Support managing, planning, programming, budgeting and execution of assigned CTR projects;
  • Develop technical requirements and specifications, coordinating efforts with non-DOD agencies, international partners and NGOs;
    Prepare procurement requirement specifications and documents;
  • Maintain liaison with U.S. Embassy personnel, foreign officials, directors of large civilian enterprises and high ranking officers in various ministries of the governments within the assigned functional or geographic area

ABOUT THE POSITION:  This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Position in the Project Management Career Field.  The incumbent will be required to become certified at Level II in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months.

This is a career ladder position.  If selected at the GS-7 level, the selectee may be noncompetitively promoted to the GS-09, GS-11, GS-12 and to the full performance level GS-13, without further competition once time-in-grade, training, satisfactory performance, recommendation of the supervisor and other requirements of the higher grade level are met.


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 Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for this International Project Specialist GS-0301-07 position, you must possess ONE of the following:

 A. Have a bachelor's degree AND meet Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) based on ONE of the following: (1) class standing (upper third standing in graduating class); -OR- (2) grade-point average (2.95 or higher overall or over the last two years of bachelor’s degree –or- 3.45 in my major field or over the last two years in my major); -OR-(3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.  For more specific details on SAA, click the following link: - OR -
B. Have one full year of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work such as business administration and public administration. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. - OR -
C. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service performing work requiring knowledge of the principles, concepts, policies, and objectives applicable of a program or administrative area; planning or assessing the work of a program or administrative area; and, using skills (e.g., analytical, research, writing, and judgment) to evaluate programs or administrative areas. - OR -
D. Have less than one full year of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but have a combination of the type of graduate education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C." COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone, you can combine your education and experience by converting each to a percentage and then adding the percentages.(If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.) For GS-7: To calculate your percentage of graduate education divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the qualification requirements above for a description of the type of experience that is considered qualifying. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. GS-07: Requires 12 months of specialized experience as described in "C" above. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Only education/experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Other conditions of employment:
Permanent Change of Station (Moving expenses) (PCS): Not Authorized;
TDY Travel:  Yes, to CONUS and OCONUS locations including remote sites up to 25% of the time;
Financial Disclosure: Not Required;
Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive (Secret);
Tour of Duty:  Regular;
Fair Labor Standards Act:  Non-Exempt;
Drug Testing:  Yes, subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic drug testing thereafter.

Medical inoculations are recommended for entry into certain geographic areas that have known disease prevalence for which U.S. citizens are not routinely inoculated.  The incumbent is encouraged to receive appropriate inoculations against biological pathogens; however, the decision to accept them is totally voluntary.


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made if you are within reach of selection, and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, and Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Are you claiming veterans preference? If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Highly Qualified category or above on the rating criteria for this position.  Please note: CTAP/ICTAP does not apply to current or former DoD employees applying for DoD positions.


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Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: PH815507.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire htt and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

   1. Your Résumé: Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment
   2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
   3. Other supporting documents:
         - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your category placement, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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